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Boston and Suffolk County free clothes, back to school supplies and clothing closets.

Items offered in Boston Massachusetts from clothing closets and thrift stores can help low income families. There are clothes given to workers, free school supplies, diapers, furniture and many other goods. A number of non-profits, charities, and other organizations are committed to helping the less fortunate. There may be free clothes for the unemployed, and struggling, and the agencies help people meet their needs and make it through a difficult period.

The centers rely heavily on donations from the community (including Suffolk County) so resources will vary. The Boston locations may have free winter coats, work suits, school supplies, baby supplies (diapers and formula), and free Christmas toys and gifts. Many Suffolk County centers are focused on assisting children, seniors, and those families who are out of options.

Some sites may offer other assistance such as employment services or limited amount of financial support for everyday living costs. Of particular focus is on providing assistance during the winter, and free winter coats may be given during that time frame.

Action for Boston Community Development, Inc. (ABCD)
This is a non-profit community action agency with locations across Suffolk County and Boston. They provide adult and children's clothing, case management, and a variety of other assistance programs. This can include heating bill and rent assistance, baby formula, applications for public assistance and much more.

Some other services can include GED instruction, free English as a second language classes, tutoring services, and early intervention for children. they also help kindergarten through high school students by given them free school supplies for the year. Job development and placement assistance is offered at some centers, as well as work clothing such as suits or dresses.
19 Corinth Street, Roslindale, Massachusetts, 02131, (617) 327-1152
Main address: 22 Elm Hill Avenue, Boston, MA, 02121, telephone (617) 442-5900
295 Centre Street, Jamaica Plain, MA, 02130, call (617) 522-4830





Parker Hill/Fenway NSC
Address of center is 714 Parker Street
Boston, MA, 02120
Dial (617) 445-6000
Helps the low income in Roxbury, Mission Hill, and nearby regions. They provide students with uniforms as well as school supplies, winter coats, and more.

South End Neighborhood Action Program, Action for Boston Community Development, Inc.
554 Columbus Avenue
Boston, MA, 02118
Main telephone (617) 267-7400
The locations has a clothing closet. Items include baby clothes, diapers, summer youth employment programs, backpacks, free winter coats, and programs such as Headstart. Food is available too.

American Friend Service Committee, New England, AFSC Material Assistance Program
5 Longfellow Park
Cambridge, Massachusetts, 02138
Call (617) 876-5312
Accepts donations of, and gives away, material goods such as bedding, clothing, kitchenware and household necessities. Goods are passed out free of charge to human service agencies, local shelters and the many Boston families in need of help.





Baby Basics
47 Beaufort Avenue
Needham, MA, 02492
(617) 305-6899
Diapers, baby supplies, formula, and more is offered for infants and new moms in Suffolk County.

Dress for Success
989 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, MA, 02215
Call (617) 779-2177
Can help people find and prepare for a job. Receive free professional clothing and related accessories, Also get resume review services, access to computers and more.

Eliot Community Human Services, Inc., Bread and Jams
Telephone (617) 441-3831

Giving Diapers, Giving Hope
8 Beckford St.
Gloucester, MA, 01930

Heading Home, Women's Drop-In Program
Boston, Massachusetts, 02139
Call (617) 547-1885
Very low income and homeless women can get free meals, clothing, personal hygiene items and more.

Keeping Pace With Multiple Miracles
Main address is 194 South Main Street, Suite 4
West Bridgewater, MA, 02379
Call (508) 559-0040

Pilgrim Trinitarian Congregational Church, Thrift Store
22 Beechwood St.
Dorchester, MA, 02121
Dial (617) 282-0456
A thrift store is open to the public. It sells low cost, affordable goods such as clothing, holiday items, furniture and more.




Salvation Army of Massachusetts
(413) 442-0624
A number of social services are offered. A free clothing closet is open. Free Christmas assistance includes toys and gifts for children and seniors from the Angel Tree program and Adopt a Family. Also get school supplies, shoes, winter boots and more. A low cost thrift store may sell vintage goods, books, and basic furniture items. Some money for heating bills and rent may be offered too as well as other information and referrals.

Solutions at Work, Children's Clothing Exchange
Items provides include free children's clothing, toys, baby clothing, strollers, diapers. There may also be child passenger safety seats, outfits, books, and other items to parents and child caregivers. No maternity clothes available. For additional information, find how to get free car seats.
391 Evereteze Way
Cambridge, MA, 02141
Call (617) 576-0039

Solutions at Work – SolutionsWear of Boston
People looking for a job in Suffolk and Middlesex can get free interview-appropriate work clothing.
(617) 576-0039

Free furniture banks
there are several that assist Boston area families. They are within a 25 miles radius. Low income families, seniors, and single parents may be given everything from beds to lamps, kitchen utensils, tables, and many other goods for their home or apartment. Dial 781-595-7570 or 781-944-9797 for an appointment.

United Homes Adult Services
540 Columbia Road
Boston, MA, 02125
Main number is (617) 265-4515

Veterans Inc.
Location is 69 Grove Street
Worcester, Massachusetts, 01605
Dial (508) 791-3273
While located in Worcester, it can be a resource for Boston area individuals.





Women's Service Club of Boston, Inc.
554 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston, MA, 02118
Call (617) 262-3935 for intake and hours.


By Jon McNamara

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